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Bear Fiber creates first socks from American hemp

Feb '21
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Bear Fiber, the company which has been promoting hemp fibre for fashion since the 1990s, has created the first socks from American hemp. The company aims to help the American hemp fibre industry by developing a commercially sustainable market to support farmers, processors, yarn spinners, textile manufacturers and the apparel industry in the country.

The company wants everyone to know Hemp Makes It Better and support “Made In The USA” sustainability. With proprietary methods that produce a soft, stronger, cotton-like hemp fibre, the company is helping re-establish industrial hemp domestically and bring back a “new” natural technical fibre to make better, longer-lasting apparel and wellness products from farm to fashion.

For more than a year the company has been working to develop the perfect hemp/cotton sustainable sock with the expert knitters at the Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Centre in Conover, NC. The goal has been to make comfortable socks of the highest quality and most sustainable yarns. The socks, made with a proprietary technology, do not slouch or droop, do not have the irritating toe seam, breathe naturally and have been “intimately blended” with organic cotton and Repreve recycled performance fibre Nylon 6.

“Bear Fiber would like to thank the many Carolina farmers and processors, Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Centre, Gaston College’s Textile Technology Centre, NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles, Fashion For Good, Textile Exchange, Outdoor Retailer, SEAMS, NC Board of Science, Technology or Innovation, and the many others (you know who you are) who have been involved on this journey,” said Guy Carpenter, president and CEO Bear Fiber.

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